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2015 hunt in the the albian clay of Troyes (Champagne / france)

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elcoincoin

In november, i had my yearly trip to Troyes area, a bit east of Paris. the hunt takes place on the banks of an artificial lake that has been created to avoid river flood in Paris. The banks can be covered either with silt or dead grass, so you got to look for free surfaces in order to find stuff. From one year to next, grass and slit move, therefore what you can find changes. This year was poor regarding shark teeth but rather good for the crustaceans.

We mosstly found crabs carapaces :

the usual Notopocorystes stokesii

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and Etyus Martini including that very fine sample :

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the less frequent : Cretacoranina broderipii

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and Eucorystes carteri

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I also found and that s my first ever, therefore my catch of the trip despite its very modest size : Sabellidromites scarabaea

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We also got lucky at he shrimp department with several hoplopora sp. Those are always crushed with the head apart from the body but there s sometimes nice details like the legs segments on this one.

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We also found a good quantity of indet. claws fragments like this one :

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And to finish with crustaceans we also got that one that get us puzzled for a while :

goose barnacle article : Pycnolepas rigida

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More will follow later with ammonites and vertebrates mostly. You can see more specimen on the galery i dedicated to this trip here : Troyes - nov 2015 galery

or on my flickr galery here : flickr of troyes 2015

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sixgill pete

Those crab carapaces are amazing. Thank you for sharing them. Beautiful specimens.

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PaleoWilliam

Nice finds!

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ZiggieCie

Nice finds. An idea I just had looking at you're Crabs, would be to display each in a case/frame on a drawing or painting of what the legs and claws would look like below them. Just an idea.

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jpc

Excellent crab hunt.... je suis jaloux.

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Auspex

Wonderful crabs, and so many species! That Etyus martini is exquisite :wub:

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elcoincoin

hi there,

Now come the second part of the finds from this trip : vertebrates.

This year was poor for shark teeth, only a few of very very poorly preserved ones :

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We got more luck with fish vertebraes :

Found about 15 from 3 mm to 1,5 cm :

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We aslo found a few bits of another fish : Protosphyraena ferox, including a nice 2,5 cm one.

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Next and last post : ammonites !

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amour 25

Nice crab and lobster stuff.

Good finds indeed.

:drool:

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Manticocerasman

Those are al very nice specimens, but I’m really looking forward to the ammonites.

I got one of those Albian ammonites from Troyes with a trade they can be really spectacular J

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belemniten

Very nice :wub:

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JohnJ

What a variety... :wub: .

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elcoincoin

Unfortunately the ammos are not the ones you are referring to. the pit they come from has been underwater for years now, i believe, and i never had the opportunity to go there. Nevertheless, some have been appearing recently on the market. Some unpreped material bought and prepared by retailers. the price are very high but those are such beauty. The one i collect come from lake banks, small ammos but nice variety

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Manticocerasman

Unfortunately the ammos are not the ones you are referring to. the pit they come from has been underwater for years now, i believe, and i never had the opportunity to go there. Nevertheless, some have been appearing recently on the market. Some unpreped material bought and prepared by retailers. the price are very high but those are such beauty. The one i collect come from lake banks, small ammos but nice variety

To bad for that clay pit :(

still looking forward to the ones you will post from this location :D

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PFOOLEY

...We mosstly found crabs carapaces...

I am jealous...these specimens are fantastic...well done.

Edit: Does your annual visit comprise of multiple days of collecting?

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elcoincoin

Hi again

To pfooley : we usually spend 3 days around , some been used for prospection, some to "farm" know spots.

As far as the ammos are concern, as i stated earlier, those are not the big beautiful ammos that are famous all over the world we can collect.

That place is no longer accessible.

So the ammos we pick are small , roughly between 1 and 4 cm. Similar species, but more diversity.

So here come a pannel fo the species we found this time.

Hoplites, emblematic ammo from the area, we pick dozens of them each time from our spot n1

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Beudanticeras sp : most common ammo from our second spot

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Desmoceras lardidorsatum : rather common also, larger than previous one

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Then the less common ones :

Lyelliceras lyelli :

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Brancoceras Sp :

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And finally that one which is my first sample for that specie :

Oxytropidoceras royssianum

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You can see a bit more pictures either in my TFF galery : http://www.thefossilforum.com/index.php?/gallery/album/2427-troyes-nov-2015-albian/

or on my flickr album : here

Ihope you enjoyed the trip, regards.

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Ludwigia

Ihope you enjoyed the trip, regards.

Yes I did! very much! Thanks!

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Manticocerasman

Still, I really like the amos you found elcoincoin :)

Is Douvilleiceras sp. also present in those deposits?

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elcoincoin

It is, but we never found anything but fragments of Douvilleiceras Mammilatum (of big size specimens, but fragments still).

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Manticocerasman

It is, but we never found anything but fragments of Douvilleiceras Mammilatum (of big size specimens, but fragments still).

At least you have a reason to go back :) who knows one day you might find a complete one.

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